Alcohol and Drugs
Fraternities have a reputation for fostering the culture of drinking on campus. In order to prevent high risk drinking within our organization, it requires specialized prevention efforts. This is why Sigma Phi Epsilon has adopted strict policies regarding alcohol and drug use. Alcohol is involved in almost 90 percent of all fraternity claims. Alcohol and drug abuse are harmful to our Fraternity and its brothers. Therefore, it is necessary for you to understand how to manage this within the chapter to ensure events are safe and sound. These policies are the guidelines that will enable you to responsibly host social functions. Make sure you understand the Fraternity’s Risk Management policies as these will help you plan a safe and successful event.
Any event sponsored by the chapter must be in compliance with all applicable laws of the state, county, city and the host institution. Brothers and guests under the age of 21 are not allowed to consume alcohol.
Sigma Phi Epsilon’s “Statement on Chapter and Individual Responsibility” has one specific section devoted to Alcohol and Drugs.
- The possession and/or use of alcoholic beverages while participating in any fraternity event, or in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, will be consistent with all campus, city, county, state laws, and all the policies of the Fraternity. Every chapter event must ensure that no alcohol can be consumed by minors.
- The direct or indirect purchase of alcoholic beverages by the chapter using chapter funds or by any member on behalf of the chapter or through any type of fund is against Sigma Phi Epsilon’s risk management policies. The purchase and/or use of a bulk quantity of alcoholic beverages (i.e., kegs or case(s) of beer/wine) is prohibited. Alumni funds cannot be used to purchase alcohol for chapter functions.
- There will be no possession, use, and/or sale of illegal drugs or controlled substances at any chapter facility, fraternity event, or any event which would be associated with the Fraternity. Alcoholic beverages can never be sold at fraternity functions. Chapters cannot sell hats, cups, mugs, sunglasses, t-shirts, cozies or any other items at any event where alcohol will be served.
- No chapter should associate the Fraternity's name with any event sponsored by an alcohol distributor, charitable organization, or tavern (tavern defined as an establishment generating more than half of annual gross sales from alcohol) where alcohol is given away, sold, or otherwise provided to those present.
- No chapter should co-sponsor or co-finance a function where alcohol is purchased by any of the host chapters, groups, or organizations.
- There should never be any alcohol available during membership recruitment activities.
- Open parties, meaning those with unrestricted access by non-members, are not in the best interest of the chapter or the Fraternity and should not occur.
- No brother or new member should condone, tolerate, encourage, or participate in the abuse of alcohol (i.e., drinking games are not allowed).
- There should never be any alcohol available during any membership education program/event.
- Professional door and event monitors should be hired for all events.
- Serve plenty of non-alcoholic beverages at chapter functions.
- Appoint sober party monitors to oversee the behavior of all attendees.
- Check IDs at the door and issue wristbands to those of legal drinking age.
- Set starting and ending times for all functions and stick to them.
- Hire licensed and insured third-party vendors to handle alcohol distribution.
- Never allow anyone to consume alcoholic beverages and drive a vehicle.
- Chapter officers CANNOT consume alcohol during fraternity functions.
Challenge each other to not make your chapter’s focus at social events be on alcohol. There is so much more to the Fraternity experience. Hold each other accountable to follow the risk management policies adopted by Sigma Phi Epsilon and your host institution.
If you need assistance with planning an event, please contact the Director of Risk Management Kathy Johnston at 804-612-1402 or Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org